Kuwait tweeter convicted and jailed for five years

A Kuwaiti Twitter user has been arrested and sentenced to five years in prison.  Musaab Shamsah allegedly insulted the prophet Mohammad on Twitter in May of this year.

The tweet was understood to support Shiite beliefs in contrast to the country’s Sunni majority. The tweet has since been removed from the site.

Hamad al-Naqi, a Kuwaiti blogger, was convicted of similar crimes and sentenced to 10 years in June 2012.  Al-Naqi was accused of insulting the prophet Mohammad and his family through his Twitter account.

Al-Naqi claims his account was hacked and the tweets were not his own personal opinions.

The court’s decision regarding Shamsah is the latest incident in the Gulf Arab Nations suppression of social and political expression through social media.

Katelyn Cook


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